Two Vernon residents have been honoured provincially for their work in helping victims of domestic violence.
Debby Hamilton, executive director of the Vernon Women’s Transition House Society, and Sgt. Robb Daly of the Vernon RCMP detachment, were awarded Solicitor General Community Safety and Crime Prevention awards for their roles in the development of the North Okanagan Integrated Case Assessment Team (ICAT).
Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster presented the pair with their awards on behalf of Solicitor General Shirley Bond Monday, as the two were unable to attend the official awards ceremony in Burnaby earlier this month.
“The project began with a vision that Sgt. Daly and I had, of sharing appropriate and relevant information within legal parameters that would keep women and children safer and hold offenders accountable,” said Hamilton.
“The Solicitor General’s award is the culmination of vision, hard work and dedication on the part of local justice, government and community partners.”
Foster praised Hamilton and Daly for their roles, stating that because of ICAT’s development, there is better information sharing going on.
“This collaboration helps pinpoint risk factors that can lead to serious harm for victims of domestic violence, allowing preventative action to be taken,” said Foster.
“Robb and Debby have devoted countless volunteer hours to the development of this model by sharing their expertise with other communities. They are an example of the kind of people that are critical to making public safety a reality in our communities around the province.”
Daly and Hamilton, who were joined by close to 20 supporters at Monday’s award presentation at Vernon City Hall, shared their award honour with all partners.
“I an very grateful to be recognized for the ICAT, but it truly is the work of everyone involved that made this project as successful as it has become,” said Daly.
“I commend all local partners, particularly the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment,” added Hamilton. “They have been supportive and encouraging of this project that will improve the quality of lives of women and children, reduce demand on resources and offer alternatives and accountability for offenders.”